No race without a standout should ever really be called easy, especially todays feature, a secondary allowances/optional $25,000 for state-bred 3-year-olds and up going two turns on the winter track. Like we said, especially not todays.

Its drawn a full field replete with classy returnees from long lay-ups, youngsters with good development lines but clearly slower that the group, and a handful of hot barns, too.

In particular, three of the 12 have caught our eye, from the inside, out: Building New Era (3-1), Tergesti (20-1) and Go Fernando Go (7-2). I could go a lot deeper.

Building New Era hails from the prolific Contessa shed and attracts go-to guy, Ramon Dominguez. Nicely drawn inside, hes drops precipitously, never has raced this cheaply and sports a recent sharp work for this. The big question is are we looking at a negative dropdown here. A soon to be five-year-old, the claiming price gives the impression that the barn might be giving up on this guy. In truth, its a tough read.

Tergesti is clearly not as fast on performance figures as the better members of the group but is on a healthy line, hails from an outfit that has enjoyed a comeback season, and has earned his best figures, with consistency, over the Big As winter surface. He showed improvement with a recent class drop, is up a notch here, a sign of confidence from the barn, and probably should have won his last if not for a rough trip. He has enough tactical speed to secure a ground saving trip at a huge price.

Go Fernando Go is from the high percentage Tony Dutrow shed, has excellent back figures, by definition the consistently fastest horse here, and has shown a decided preference for the surface. His high turn of early speed should enable him to outrun the group and benefits from a switch to Alan Garcia. Of all the major contenders here--and there are many--this one is most likely to run his race.

Taking track loving speedster Go Fernando Go to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacta boxes with the logical favorite and live price shot.

Running Totals: (150) 55-33-16. Total Dollar Return: $333.10 [win selections only]